NBA Picks: Halloween Free Picks & Odds Reports

Joe Catalano

Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:15 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 1:15 PM GMT

Time to fill your Halloween basket with 2 winners with our picks as there’s just 2 game on tap for Thursday night in the NBA.

New York Knicks (1-0) at Chicago Bulls (0-1)

Big Spot For the Bulls

A lot was expected of both teams this season, but Chicago got off on the wrong foot on Tuesday as the Miami Heat made easy work of them in South Beach, 107-95. In this game, Chicago got out to a quick start, but were simply outclassed by the 2-time defending champion Miami Heat.

No time to rest for the Knicks as they come off of a victory at MSG but against a much easier opponent in the Milwaukee Bucks. New York shot over 50% from the field, but defeated the Bucks in a surprisingly low scoring game, 90-83. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but much like Lebron James in first game of the season against Chicago, didn’t dominate the action. Sharpshooter, Andrea Bargnani had a disappointing 1st game as a Knick, but as a whole, Wednesday was a success for New York.

Getting Off On the Right Foot

This is by no means a “must win” situation for Chicago, but they would rather not get off to an 0-2 start and lose their 1st game of the season at home. Derrick Rose had a very disappointing game against the Heat after a spectacular preseason. Look for Rose to have a much improved 2nd game as there’s no pure point guard on the Knicks roster that’s in his class and has the ability to guard him. The Bulls will also need Luol Deng to look for some offense. Deng can sometimes go silent if the offense is centered around Carlos Boozer or Derrick Rose. Look for a much better showing from the Bulls; this is a team that’s tough on defense, especially at home. Also, look to see more offense from Carmelo Anthony in this game. As the degree of difficulty with the opposition get’s tougher, Melo looks to control the action that much more. This should be a close game as Chicago has the edge at home.

8 points is a bit too much to give New York on the NBA odds at this spot.

Free Pick- New York +8 at Bet 365

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Golden State Warriors (1-0) at Los Angeles Clippers (0-1)

Overrated?

We’re only one game into the season and the consensus at SBR is that the CP3 and Blake Griffin are overrated after a poor showing in a 116-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers bench dominated and gave the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers 76 points in total. The Clippers face an even tougher test as they face the offensive-oriented Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are coming off of a 125-94 demolition of these same Lakers last night.

Molding the “Klay”

Stephen Curry had a disappointing 1st game of the season, but Klay Thompson dominated action, shooting 15 of 19 from the field while pouring in a team-high 38 points. Thompson was already a player on the rise, but we could see a possible “Big 3” in the form of Lee, Curry, and Thompson. Add in the fact that Warriors picked up all-purpose forward, Andre Iguodala, and this team can be reaching elite status very quickly. Tonight’s game against a Clippers team, that will be look for redemption, is a good barometer to see where the Warriors are at.

DeAndre Jordan can’t be the Clippers leading scorer. Golden State can shoot the lights out and it will be up to J.J. Redick and Stephen Curry to match them while Blake Griffin tries to regain the form of his rookie season in which he appeared to peak early. Nontheless, this should also be a competitive game. Look for the Clippers to come out with some sense of urgency.

The spread is a bit high at 6.5 and I’m looking for a shootout here for our NBA picks.

Free Pick- Clippers/Warriors OVER 204 at Bet 365

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Good luck, and may your baskets be full (of money)

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